Publishers Bloomsbury Children’s and Walker Books both have two titles in the shortlist for this year’s English 4-11 Picture Book Awards.
Walker’s The Story of Buildings, written by Patrick Dillon and illustrated by Stephen Beisty, and Half a Man, by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan, are on the shortlist, along with Bloomsbury’s The Imaginary by A F Harrold and Emily Gravett, and The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.
In total, 16 books are shortlisted, including titles published by Wide Eyed Editions, Andersen Press, Oxford University Press and Tate Publishing.
The awards are given by the English Association, which publishes English 4-11, a journal about teaching English in primary schools.
Four books will be chosen as the winners in the categories of fiction 4-7 years, fiction 7-11 years, non-fiction 4-7 years and non-fiction 7-11 years. The winning titles will be announced on the 13th May.
The shortlist in full:
Atlas of Adventures by Rachel Williams, illustrated by Lucy Letherland (Wide Eyed Editions)
Gravity by Jason Chin (Andersen Press)
Half a Man by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan (Walker Books)
In My Heart: A book of feelings by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey (Abrams Appleseed)
My Teacher is a Monster! By Peter Brown (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett (Templar Publishing)
Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)
Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Something about a Bear by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Adria Meserve (Franklin Watts)
The Five of Us by Quentin Blake (Tate Publishing)
The Imaginary by A F Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon, illustrated by Stephen Beisty (Walker Books)
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press)
Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson, illustrated by Martin Impey (Strauss House Productions)